There are supermodels, and then there are superdupermodels–such as Christy Turlington, who starts out 2014 by turning an amazing 45 years old. Fortunately, the fashion legend has been working before the cameras as a full-time model ever since she turned 18. That means that watching Christy Turlington turn older just means that we have plenty of pics from her past.
It’s still a little weird to think that Christy’s career goes back to the ’80s. She was immediately a real big deal, too. Christy was actually only 17 when she made a major splash while starring in a Duran Duran video. The clip for “Notorious” could’ve just featured another passing video vixen, but Yasmin Le Bon–the fashion model married to lead singer Simon Le Bon–made a smart call by bringing in Christy as the object of the band’s desire.
Christy celebrated her 21st birthday in 1991 by appearing on the cover of British Vogue with Elle Macpherson, Tatjana Patitz, Naomi Campbell, and Claudia Schiffer. Every gal except for Patitz would end up as part of the Fashion Cafe restaurant chain. That was one of the dopier ideas of the ’90s. There were actually models working a catwalk and showing off fashions while people ate. Nobody was going to be pigging out at that place. There were also plenty of bulimia jokes, and the whole thing fell apart after the owners were part of a money-laundering scheme.
Don’t blame Christy, though. She’s turned into a smart businesswoman over the years, and even earned a Bachelor of Arts degree (in Comparative Religion and Eastern Philosophy) in 1999. Check out these 45 fascinating photos, and you’ll see a gal who really brings some personality to the camera–with some recent shots showing why Christy isn’t retiring anytime soon…